Foods and drinks that keep you warm and healthy in winter

Journalist A.Odontuya

2017-12-05 09:59 GMT+8

Winter in Mongolia is long and harsh. The cold season starts from November and continues until March.

As the temperature continues to drop down, so does our energy level. Therefore, it is especially important to eat foods that are high in energy--or calories in winter. To get the most out of these calories, you should eat foods that have lots of fats and proteins for your body to store.


In winter, Mongolians eat more meat than other seasons in order to boost their energy. The most popular meats consumed in winter are horse meat and mutton which are loved by a large number of Mongolians.

Horse meat is nutritious and high in protein but low in fat. Thus, it is believed to prevent from cold and flu. Horse meat is rich in linolenic acid and omega-3 fatty acids like DHA and it contains high levels of iron and glycogen. In addition, the iron in horse meat is absorbed quickly and efficiently into the body. The meat of the horse has the same look and the same taste as beef; if cooked well, it is difficult to tell the difference. 

Mutton is a great source of protein. A normal serving of mutton contains around 32% of your daily serving of Vitamin B-12, this vitamin is an essential nutrient for producing healthy red blood cells, especially in older adults who are at a higher risk of deficiency. Also, it has vigorously rich in iron and zinc. The most popular dishes with mutton is noodle soup. 

Horse meat and mutton are mostly cooked or used in soups. We believe that eating hot soups in the winter is the healthiest and easiest way to get warmth. Boil, stew, grill, roast or fry them with your favorite vegetables and seasonings. 

You can buy these meats at most markets and stores at 6000-9000 MNT (per kg) while they also offered at all restaurants and cafes. Also, they come canned or packaged for winter survivors. 


The most popular drinks to warm you up during hash Mongolian winter are milk tea, boiled curds from sour milk, seabuckthorn juice and cowberry juice. 

Milk tea is the most popular drink for Mongolians. Mongolian milk tea is made by pouring cold water into a kettle, a pinch of salt, crushed green tea, milk and then is brought to the boil. Once the tea is boiled, the mixture is put through a tea strainer to remove the crushed tea. Milk tea has many different tastes. Some people prefer to drink with a bit more salt and others prefer to drink it with less salt. Also, people add rice, yellow butter oil, sheep tail and dumpling to the milk tea. You can try its packaged powder from supermarkets. 

Aarts, the curds from sour milk contains lots of calcium and protein. It restores energy and boosts the immune system. In winter, Mongolians boil the curds adding water, all-purpose flour and sugar. Aarts can be found at dairy product section of the biggest markets. Also, you can find its bottled or packed drinks at supermarkets. 

Seabuckthorn is a super fruit full of omegas and rich in В1, В2, В6, C, Е, К vitamins as well as a host of antioxidants and other healing nutrients. Therefore, Mongolians have been drinking seabuckthorn juice in winter to prevent from vitamin deficiency and boost the immune system. 

Moreover, it has proved that the percentage of the components found in Mongolian seabuckthorn is much higher than any other. Finding seabuckthorn juice is piece of cake in UB. If you want to make your own seabuckthorn juice, go to the biggest market for raw seabuckthorn. 

Cowberry juice helps to reduce fever and cough. Also, it fixes Vitamin C and organic acid deficiencies. Most supermarkets sell packaged cowberry juice and tea while you can find raw cowberries at most markets. 

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